Tag Archives: CSI Effect

Real-world CSI takes longer than an hour

ABC News Ross Kay 25 March 2014

It was a story that made headlines across the state. Police science officers searched a property at Gin Gin in south-east Queensland, after allegations babies had been born and buried on the property.

In such a newsworthy case, it is easy to forget the painstaking efforts that go into evidence searches of this type, and the time it takes to get any result.

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Forensic work winning war on crime, but it’s no TV show

Brisbane Times Nick Ralston 11 May 2013

A young woman is stabbed to death on the floor of her apartment on Sydney’s northern beaches. By the time police find the body of Rachelle Yeo inside her Curl Curl home, her alleged killer has fled, driving north to Newcastle airport.

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Get real, forensic scientists: the CSI effect is waning

The Conversation Ahmad Samarji 29 April 2013

In Australia, the number of education institutes offering forensic science qualifications has boomed from one university in 1994 to nearly 20 in 2005.  The fact forensic science is very specialised and forensic investigations can be challenging, time-consuming and complicated is often overlooked by movie and TV show makers – and consequently students and the public at large.

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NZ at forefront of crime scene DNA testing

TVNZ October 25, 2012

Police like to insist the reality of forensic work during crime investigations is nothing like the slick, fast process shown on US TV shows like CSI – but real life is catching up with fiction.
Crown research institute ESR, which provides forensic services to government agencies, is trying to speed up the identification of DNA found at crime scenes.

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CSI helps to spark interest in forensics

Weekend Australian Cameron Cooper 5-6 May 2012 Weekend Professional p. 2

The attraction of criminology courses has increased sharply in recent years. Criminologists call it the “CSI effect” and view it as both a pro and con for their chosen career discipline.

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Courts’ use of forensic evidence called into question

ABC News Deborah Corwnall May 04, 2012

Experts say recent high profile appeals have exposed the lack of science behind much of the forensic evidence heard in Australia’s courts.
They blame the ‘CSI effect’ – the highly seductive notion championed by television shows that forensic science never fails.
It can be dangerously misleading for juries, experts say, because forensic evidence in the real world is complex and often inconclusive.

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‘Forensic Evidence And Child Abuse Cases’

PRWeb 1 November 2011

Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, a Fresno criminal defense attorney with the Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, has authored a chapter in the popular “Inside the Minds” series by Aspatore Books titled “Forensic Evidence and Child Abuse Cases.”  The chapter focuses on scientific issues in the defense of persons accused in child death cases, and covers matters that include the use of investigators and medical experts in such cases. A portion of the chapter will deal with so called “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” which many leaders in the medical profession now believe is an improper diagnosis with no medical basis in fact.

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Jurors can be asked about ‘CSI’

Boston Globe Mark Arsenault 24 September 2011

The state’s highest court ruled yesterday that it is permissible for judges to question potential jurors about the so-called “CSI effect’’ – whether they would require irrefutable scientific evidence in order to return a guilty verdict – without biasing a trial’s outcome.   The Supreme Judicial Court rebuffed the argument that such questions prejudice the jury by suggesting they overlook a lack of scientific evidence or unfairly weed out jurors who would require more empirical proof of guilt.

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Hollywood screenwriters and scientists: More than an artistic collaboration

(American Chemical Society 28 August 2011) In this International Year of Chemistry (IYC), writers and producers for the most popular crime and science-related television shows and movies are putting out an all-points bulletin for scientists to advise them on the accuracy of their plots and to even give them story ideas. Producers and writers from top television shows spoke about this topic at a special Presidential Event at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 242nd National Meeting & Exposition.

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Conversations: myths and realities of forensic science

ABC “The Drum” and “The Conversation” 19 August 2011

Today the Drum, in collaboration with The Conversation, is taking a look at the several faces of forensic science in Australia. The so-called CSI effect  … We ask some of the leading practitioners and researchers in this field, from the Centre for Forensic Science at University of Western Australia, to explain their profession. Clearly the work can be gruesome. Clearly it has great value. But where does real life stop and fiction start?  Participants include Ian Dadour, Silvana Gaudieri, Daniel Franklin and Judith Fordham.

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